Founded in 1990 by Band leader/drummer Tom Wiggins the band has evolved into one of the Most Well respected New Orleans Musical bands in the World. They have toured Europe extensively at many of the major Jazz & Blues Festivals and have performed with almost all the major Stars of Jazz & Blues,opening shows, playing between shows and headlining shows and festivals as well. Always a stellar lineup of high caliber and very versatile musicians to suit the discriminate tastes around the World. Tom tailors the bands shows to the specific requests of the Event producers that hire them and always delivers exactly what they want.
This Band will and has traveled anywhere depending upon the budget,and expenses for travel. They will be happy to customize the music to suit Your particular needs and styles and their extreme versatility stems from the multi-talented expertise of many of their core members who are master musicians on several instruments. We can also divide the group into two smaller units for multiple shows on the same days with out sacrificing any quality.
We Offer a variety of Shows, Traditional Jazz Preservation Hall Jazz Band Style , High Energy Brass Marching Band, Cajun/Country & Zydeco Show, Traditional Gospel Show, and a High energy Variety show of Caribbean, Afro Cuban, Latin, Salsa songs, Swing Dance Band Music, R&B Soul Classics. We perform for Parades, Concerts, Festivals, Weddings, Funerals, Gala's and Fundraisers, Dances, and Bar B Ques and Picnics too. Church Musical performances and any thing else you can think of. We are Acoustic and totally Mobile or we can go electric with great vocals and do stage shows as well.
Events always get much more for their money with this act because of our versatility and the fact that we can and will perform up to three shows per day if they are close enough together in a region, and have a breather space between them. A 75 to 90 minute daytime performance and another evening performance are ideal but we can do three 45- 60 minutes shows if it works better for your events.
The Perfect act to entertain your audience between Major Star acts, or to open the shows for them and energize the audience, or bring us in for the late night after concert party. We are very flexible.
Just a few of the Great artists we have performed with include:
Phil Collins, James Brown, Van Morrison, B.B King, Taj Mahal, Patti Labelle, Dionne Warwick, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Chaka Kahn, Al Jerreau, Ike Turner Review, Solomon Burke, The Commodores, The Gypsy Kings, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, The Gospel Hummingbirds, The Soul Stirrers, John Faddis, Marlena Shaw, Slide Hampton, Chick Correa, Gonzalo Rubicano, Herbie Hancock, Buddy Guy, Michel Camillo, Dave Holland, Joe Zawinul, Clarence Trent D'Arby, Dianna Krall, Manhatten Transfer, Dianne Shur, The Family Stone, Tower of Power, War, Wilson Pickett, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Ted Curson, Percy Sledge, Calvin Owens Big Blues Band, Studebaker John & The Nighthawks, The Mingus Big Band, Maria Schneider Big Band, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Buddy Miles, Johnny Adams, Chick Willis, Dwight Edwards, Gerald Albright,Antonio Ciacco, Charlie Wilson, Maxine Nightengale, Lisa Haley & The Zydekats, Al Rapone, Mark St. Mary, Bruce Gordon & Gator Beat, and countless European Jazz greats.
Prior to forming Saint Gabriels, Celestial Brass Band in 1990, Band Leader Tom Wiggins had a great career working as an agent or manager or promoter for many great artists, such as George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Buck Owens, Mel Tillis, Red Sovine, George Morgan, Little Jimmy Dickens, Mickey Gilley, Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, Kitty Wells, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, The Coasters, The Drifters, Janice Joplin, Cal Tjader, Vince Giraldi, The Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane,Malo,and many others.
Tom "Backbeat" Wiggins: Leader/ Drums/percussion/ Business manager
Mike "Boneman" Rinta: Trombone/Sousaphone/Euphonium/arranger
Frankie "Screetch" Bailey: Trumpet/vocals
Mark Bolin: Sousaphone/Trombone
Buddy "Stache" Apfel: Sousaphone/Tuba/Cornet/Euphonium/String Bass/vocals
Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs: Saxes
Paul "Tillman" Smith: Drums/percussion
Edward "Sonny" Fairley: Saxes
James Nelson: Saxes
Alan "T-Bone" Williams: Alternate 2nd Trombone
Luke Kirley: Trombone & Tuba
Eric Burger: Trombone/Sousaphhone/Bass/vocals
David Hardiman Sr.: Trumpet
Paul Branin: Sax/Guitar
Joey Ventittelli: Drums/vocals
Franklin Davis: Trumpet/vocals
Charles Hamilton: Alternate Trombone/flugelhorn/ tuba
Bob Sakoi: Alternate Trumpet
John Halbleib: Alternate Trumpet
Benwar Shepard: Alternate Sousaphone
Anthony Coleman !!: Alternate Trumpet
Mary Goulding: Washboard/vocals/Grand Marshall
Dwight "Lightnin" McQueen: Drums/Grand Marshall
Courtney "Whammy" Jones: Alternate Trumpet
Danny Armstrong: Alternate Trombone/vocals
Olympia Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, Pin Stripe Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Neville Brothers, Ray Charles, Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass, Hank Williams Sr. Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Wilson Pickett, and any other band that plays Funky Music.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 30 - 240 minutes
Audience members will experience Authentic New Orleans High Energy Jazz from a Brass Band as it really Sounded in the 1900's era. This is not what you ever heard on any scratchy old 78 rpm record folks, but what a real Brass Band sounds like. It launched Jazz Music, and Blues and was the foundation of Rock N Roll and much Country & Western Music as well. It's Gospel roots are ever present through it's infectious rhythms and energy. They will tap their fingers and toes and burst into spontaneous dancing ( Baptist Beware and forewarned) Nobody doesn't Love this music and this Band.
At Weddings and Festivals they will Dance Dance Dance!
At Funerals the Band provides appropriate reverent music during the services and procession, and then transforms it into a Celebration of Life and Love at the close.
Fairs and Festivals find kids from 3 to 103 always having a great time with the band dancing in the streets.
We are totally comfortable on any Concert Stage with any Act, opening the show, playing in the middle of the show, closing the show or Stealing the Show :)) We are indeed a Hard act to follow, and always leave the audience wanting and cheering for more.
None usually we come self contained for regional gigs, may need: P.A. System, Electronic Keyboards and Guitar Amps and Full Trap Drum Kit for Out of State and International performances.
No Technical requirements unless we are asked to do a major Concert Stage show then we will need to have some additional equipment if we are to go Electric and add vocals. Otherwise we are totally Acoustic and mobile and can play any place any time under any circumstances. We can alter our repertoire greatly, with the addition of keyboards. Guitars, vocals & P.A. System when needed.
We have over 500 Great songs in our repertoire spanning 100 years of the greatest Hits of American Music. We are happy to customize the music for your engagement to meet your specific wishes and needs if booked early enough to arrange it. We are happy to provide an extensive list of songs upon request.
We offer American Country Music Shows, Polka/Octoberfest shows, Mardi Gras Shows, Authentic New Orleans Style Jazz Funerals. Parade Shows, Concert shows, Gospel Music Shows, and many other specialty Shows.
St. Gabriel’s Brass Band Song Lists for 2011
SG Saints Go Marchin’ In
SG Boogaloo Zydeco
BS Ba Duey Duey
RB Second Line
DJ Iko Iko
LA Do you know what it means to Miss New Orleans
SG Mo Betta Blues
DD Cissy Strut
SG Echos of New Orleans
DD It Ain’t My Fault
DD Oop Pop A Doo
DD Mardi Gras in New Orleans
DD My Feets can’t Fail me Now
JB I Feel Good
JB Night Train
JB Cold Sweat
SG Big Chief
DD Goin’ to the Mardi Gras
LA Basin Street Blues
SG Bourbon Street
LA What a Wonderful World
LA Mood Indigo
SG Grazin in the Grass
SG Mack the Knife
SG You Are My Sunshine
SG Won’t you come home Bill Bailey
PH Mood Indigo
SG St. Thomas
FD Hello Josephine
FD Blue Berry Hill
FD Sentimental Journey
FD I’m Walkin
HH Watermelon Man
SG Mercy Mercy Mercy
SG Mr Magic
KR Struttin’ Wit some Bar B Que
RB Lil’ Liza Jane
RB Feel Like Funkin It Up
RB I Feel Like Bustin Loose
RB Sweet Georgia Brown
RB Do Whatcha Wanna
RB Blue Monk
PH Georgia on My Mind
PH Tiger Rag
SG St. James Infirmary
PS Higher & Higher
PS Last Chance to Dance
LA Hello Dolly
SG Kansas City
SG Chicken Shack
SG Got my Mojo Workin’ (Muddy Waters
Saint Gabriel’s Gospel Songs - Concerts & Funerals
DD. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
DD Amazing Grace
DD Down By The Riverside
SG Bye & Bye
DD I’ll Fly Away
SG This Little Light of Mine
DD Jesus on the Mainline
DD What a Friend We have in Jesus
DD I shall not be Moved
DD Please Let me Stay a Little Longer
DD John The Revelator
DD Is there anybody Here that loves my Jesus
SG Amen Amen
SG Just a Little While to Stay Here
SG Didn’t He Ramble
SG Tin Roof Blues
SG Whoopin’ da Blues
SG Do Lord oh Do Lord Remember Me
RB Lord Lord Lord sho been Good to Me
PS Glory Glory When I lay my Burden Down
SG In the Sweet Bye & Bye
PH His Eye is on the Sparrow
PH St. Louis Blues
PH Precious Lord take My Hand
SG How Great Thou Art
SG Gimme that Ole Time Religion
SG The Preacher
SG Oh Happy Day
SS I’ll Take you There
BW Lean on Me
SG Will the Circle Be Unbroken
SG He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand
Saint Gabriel’s Additional Songs for Weddings and Parties
Shotgun Jr. Walker
Celebration Kool & The Gang
Supersticous Stevie wonder
Dance to the Music Sly & Family Stone
Funky Broadway Wilson Pickett
Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
House of the Rising Sun Eric Burdon
Everyday People Sly & Family Stone
Land of 1000 Dances Wilson Pickett
Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
Shake a Hand Shake A Hand
I used to Love Her Beatles/Dr. John style
Walkin To New Orleans Fats Domino
Stuff Like Tha
Concert stage show with Zorina London vocalist
Jeepers Creepers Where'd ya get them eyes
The Lady is a Tramp
Fly Me to the Moon
Good For Nuthin' Joe
Am I Blue
Harlem on My Mind
Go Back where you stayed last night
Cest si Bon
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
I wanna, Be Evil
All of Me
Good Morning Hearthache
God Bless the Child
What ever Lola Wants Lola Gets
La Vien Rose
What's Love got to do with it
Let's Stay Together
Rock me Baby
Everyday I have the Blues
Down Home Blues
Maybe Someday Baby
Real Sad Story
Don't mess with my man
Something's Got a Hold on Me
Let the Good Times Roll
Sugar Daddy Blues
Going to Chicago
Since I fell for You
Bright Lights Big City
Too Much Woman
Send Me Someone to Love
The Blues Is Alright
I want a Big Fat Ugly Man
07-26-2014 — Martignetti Wedding, Palo Alto, Ca. 6-8 p.m.
03-07-2014 — Fundraiser event Pleasanton, Ca. B. Wallace 6-8 pm
10-26-2013 — Pietrow Birth day Party Saratoga, Ca. 6-9 unit 2
10-26-2013 — Monterey, Ca. Pvt. Wedding "Halberg" 1- 2 pm
10-26-2013 — Pleasanton, Ca. Pvt Bday Pty for Mr. Lundin 6-10 p.m. ?
08-10-2013 — Port Costa Erskine Park Wright wedding 4:00 to 6:30
07-28-2013 — Mazda Raceway Moto Cross
07-27-2013 — Mazda Raceway Moto Cross
07-04-2013 — Manteca Independence Day Parade 10:00 am - 11:45
07-04-2013 — Orinda, Ca.Independence Day Parade 9:00 am - 11:45 unit #15
07-04-2013 — Berkeley Marina 4th July Festival 4:15- 6:15 pm
07-04-2013 — Atria Center Walnut Creek 12:30- 1:30 p.m.
06-30-2013 — S.F. Pride Parade ? 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ?
06-29-2013 — Wedding Roger & Julie Hall Mill Valley, Ca. 6:30 -9:30 pm p.m.
06-15-2013 — Shannon Leahy Wedding Villa Montavlo Saratoga, Ca. 4- 6:30 p.m.
06-15-2013 — Second Line wedding Jamison Ranch, Napa, Ca. 1-2 pm
06-14-2013 — Atria Center Walnut Creek 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m
06-12-2013 — Stuart Hall School S.F. 9:00 am - 11:00 am
06-09-2013 — O'Brien wedding ? 5:00 p.m Port Costa
06-03-2013 — N.O. Dinner Temple Isaiah Lafayette, Ca. 6-8:30 pm
06-01-2013 — Wedding Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco 5-8:30 pm Private
05-27-2013 — Atria Center Walnut Creek 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm
Past Booked Dates:
05-19-2013 — N.O. Memorial Service S.F. for Jacques' Wife, Log Cabin, Presidio, 7-10:15 p.m
05-18-2013 — Pvt. Memorial for Rose Santa Clara , Ca. 6-7 pm
05-04-2013 — PGS Wedding Sutro Heights Park S.F. 3- 5 pm
04-22-2013 — Jazz Launch Party S.F. 7-8 pm for Benoit
03-30-2013 — Senior Center Lafayette, Ca./w Pearly Gate Singers 1:30-2:30 pm
03-25-2013 — S.F. 2nd Line Procession for Mindy Rising, Method Corp. afternoon
02-25-2013 — On Lok Center Peralta, Fremont, Ca. 11 :00 am to 12 pm -
02-25-2013 — On Lok Center Washington, Fremont, Ca. 1-2 pm
02-19-2013 — On Lok Center Mission St. S.F. 1:00 pm -2:00pm
02-17-2013 — New Orleans Funeral for Pierre Hirsch Temple Isaiah Lafayette, Ca. 1-3 pm
02-12-2013 — Brenda's French Soul Food San Francisco, Ca. 6:00 - 8:30 pm
02-12-2013 — On Lok Powell Center 1::15 pm - 2:15 pm
02-09-2013 — Naughty Gras Party Cal Expo Sacramento 8:00 p.m to 11:30
02-09-2013 — San Francisco, Pvt Bthday Party 9-12 pm unit II
02-09-2013 — NorthStar Ski Resort Mardi Gras Pty. 2- 5:00 p.m.
02-08-2013 — Villa Ragusa Campbell, Ca. 5-7 p.m.
02-07-2013 — On Lok Center 30th St. S.F. 1:00 pm -2:00 p.m.
02-06-2013 — On Lok Gee/Jade Center S.F. 10:30 AM
02-06-2013 — On Lok Rose Center S.F. 1-2 pm
02-04-2013 — On Lok Center San Jose, Ca. 10:30 - 11:30 AM
02-03-2013 — Gloria Ferrer Winery Mardi Gras 10:30am - 2:30 pm
01-28-2013 — S.F. with Pearly Gate Singers 6:00 p.m.
01-17-2013 — N.O. Funeral St. Mary's Church Los Gatos, CA. 12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m.
01-11-2013 — Pvt. N.O. Funeral Bakersfield, Ca.
01-07-2013 — Notre Dame Blowout Party Palm St. Bar & Grill Carmichael, Ca. 4-7 p.m
01-06-2013 — Skylawn Cemetery N.O. Funeral private 12:00 noon
01-01-2013 — Jackson Rancheria Hotel & Casino 11:00 AM - 1:00 p.m.
2006: 120 gigs
2007: 125 gigs
2008: 125 gigs
2009: 150 gigs
2010: 150 gigs
2011: 200 gigs
2012: 200 gigs
2013: 31 gigs (so far)
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Birthday Party, Casino, Christmas Party, Church Service, Club/Nightclub, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Funeral Service, Graduation, Grand Opening, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Parade, Private Party, Religious Celebration, Restaurant, Retreat, Reunion, Seminar, Sporting Event, Studio Session, Trade Show, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Workshop
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